Accessorize With Radish Red

One bold color, 6 ways to use it. Rev up your room with a touch of red in window treatments and accessories.


Easily add color to your couch with throw pillows.

By: Jennifer O'Neil and Kitty O'Neil

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Pillow Talk

Toss some color onto your couch with radish red throw pillows. This shade is sumptuous in fabrics like silk shantung and organza. Gather five fabulous pillows with the same red hue. Don't be afraid to mix patterns and shapes as long as the color family stays the same. Embellishments like tassels, fringe and crystals will give your living room a little razzle-dazzle.

Vogue Vase


A funky vase is a fun way to add radish red to a room.

Radish is red with a twist, so it's perfect for whimsical touches like this funky vase. This irresistible objet d'art adds humor and a touch of class to a room. Fill that artsy vase with giant white Amaryllis for a fresh take on fresh flowers. Or switch it up and place pinky-red blossoms in simple white containers. Try a Siam Ruby Orchid in a porcelain bud vase, teacup roses in a tiny white tea set, or red Dahlias in vintage milk glass jars.

Rad Dish


Add a dramatic detail like this dish to your coffee table for instant color.

Want the dish on a cool conversation piece? Get one dramatic detail for your coffee table, like this gorgeous glass bowl. Talk about a splash of color! This oversized object not only has big visual impact, it also has a sleek look and modern feel. And to put the rad in that radish red dish, we updated the classic candlescape by skipping the sand and nestling our votives into a sea of silver BBs. Now that's a decorating bull's-eye!

Mat Finish


Use original artwork to add a splash of color to your space.

Wouldn't it be nice if all you had to do to add color to your room was swap out the pastel Monet for a radish red Rothko? For most of us, adding color via art is more daunting, but it doesn't have to be. If you start with black and white photos, you can add any shade by simply swapping out the mats. Don't have any black and whites? Make your own! Get out your digital camera and pick a shape, like a circle. Look all over your neighborhood for round things to photograph: a manhole cover, a bicycle wheel, even your electric meter. Then print them all the same size in black and white. So SOHO!

Wonder Wall


A little red paint can go a long way. One red wall -- or even a stripe -- can make a bold statement.

You don't have to paint all four walls to get the radish red look. Paint one radish racing stripe to add a little zoom to your room. Or paint one wall radish red and add a big white circle for a bold graphic statement. And don't worry –– you don't have to be a master of Op Art to paint a perfect circle. Simply buy a round of particleboard, paint it white, and hang it on the wall for a modern architectural detail. It looks like a million bucks but costs a lot less — a whole lot less!

Sheer Glamour


Add red accessories to easily perk up your windows.

Treat your windows to a taste of radish red with a brand new set of sheers. Long gauzy curtains in pinky red will perk up your panes. White sheers are just begging for a radish red garnish, so why not make your own high-fashion tie-backs by wrapping red fabric swags around each curtain panel? Then accessorize with a beaded necklace and swirls of red crystals.

Sisters Kitty and Jennifer O'Neil are authors of Decorating With Funky Shui. The San Francisco duo credits their parents and their grandfather (Chic Young, the creator of the Blondie comic strips) for their distinctive style. 

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